Take it day-by-day and do not panic. Let your planner be your eyes and ears and do The research To make your dreams come True. happy 2021 To brides, grooms, Their parents, and guests!
Lemons have definitely been tossed at brides and grooms in 2020, but you can finish by making lemonade and having your dream wedding! Like never before, it is so important to have a Plan B and to hire a wedding planner to assist you in the stress.
Weddings are likely to be smaller and managing the size of your guest count is key. Figuring out how to cut your guest list can be an extremely difficult task, but your family and friends will understand.
If your wedding must be postponed, communicate to your guests with a change-the-date card informing them of updated details and date. It is wise if your upcoming nuptials are to take place in the next six months to a year, to include in your invitation a coordinated note explaining that you are monitoring local health guidelines and your ultimate goal is to keep all guests informed and safe.
Another alternative is to send out a digital invitation if your guests are unable to attend, offering the ceremony on a live stream. The custom digital invitation should coordinate with your formal invitation and include instructions where and how to view the live stream.
WORDING SUGGESTIONS FOR POSTPONEMENTS AND RESCHEDULING
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the wedding of Mary Caroline Smith and John Preston Jones will not take place on December 5th as originally planned. A new wedding date will be announced as soon as possible.”
“We regret to inform you that the wedding of Mary Caroline Smith to John Preston Jones will not take place as scheduled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please save the new date of April 10, 2021. Formal invitation to follow.”
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to reschedule our wedding to now take place April 10, 2021. Invitation and details to follow.”
So many people are nervous about vendors, deposits, and payments. Protect yourself by working with a wedding planner who has experience and a relationship with your vendors. You want your vendors to be comfortable as well and have clarity once details have been rescheduled.
You can still make your ceremony a special experience with a few adjustments in your layout. You always want to remember your guests in the planning process, so you may have less seating that is more spaced out and allow your guests the alternative to stand. Ceremonies may also become shorter to ensure everyone is comfortable. Another detail to consider is the program distribution. Rather than having an usher or house party hand them out, place the program on each chair or pew; or forgo the program completely by displaying your wedding ceremony details on a large board with beautiful calligraphy.
Create an over-the-top reception to elevate your guests’ experience. Consider a mariachi band, a magician, a caricature artist, or even a food truck.
Instead of having hors d’oeuvres passed on a tray, have your caterer create a unique individualized portion displayed in a mini box for your guests to enjoy at their seats. More beautiful display presentations incorporating mini spoons, mini bags, and mini martini glasses are other options with a self-service approach. Buffets can continue but must be served by your caterer’s staff.
A mix of different size tables, more spaced out with less seats, is the new trend. Move away from escort cards and display your seating chart if you are hosting a seated dinner.
If you have elected to move your reception from an indoor to an outdoor venue, a few things to remember:
Communicate clearly to your guests of the change and that they will be outdoors.
Make sure your guests are comfortable. You might have to supply customized fans, serve a glass of champagne or a cup of hot apple cider.
Walk through with your wedding planner during an evening a few months prior to review any darks spots or necessary lighting needs.
Be sure there are adequate facilities for your guests.
Keep your décor minimal. You can add decorations to the natural elements located on your venue. Use the outdoors to your advantage.
Incorporate a something dramatic—a butterfly release or a rose cannon pop.
East Texas weather can be eventful. Always be ready with your back-up plan.
We are in the new normal. Learn to adapt and be open to flexibility and change. With COVID-19 restrictions, you want your guests to be comfortable, so having several cute masks/ sanitizer stations positioned in your floor plan is something to consider including. Instead of having your welcome bags waiting for your guests at the hotel, consider mailing the bags to your guests to communicate any last-minute changes a week prior to your big day. Everyday there seems to be a change and what was ok to do the week prior, is now different. Education is a must.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT WEDDING PLANNER
Referrals from your family and friends in the city where you are hosting your wedding is probably the best option. Research your potential wedding planner’s social media accounts on past weddings they have planned. Remember, this person needs to become your best friend, so you need to “click.” Vendors can also refer reputable wedding planners. They have worked with the best and the worst!
Take it day-by-day and do not panic. Let your planner be your eyes and ears and do the research to make your dreams come true. Happy 2021 to brides, grooms, their parents, and guests!